Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water vs. No.7 Beautiful Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

26 Nov 2016

I'll be really honest with you all, I didn't see the point in micellar waters when they first got "big". I couldn't understand why everyone was raving about wiping water across their face, when I had a collection of cleansers and toners that worked just fine. That was until I tried the blogger's favourite, Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It quickly became a staple after I had cleansed, and I was shocked by how much more makeup it was taking off! I rarely had any breakouts whilst using it, which was pretty surprising, as my chin is usually has a smattering of spots, and I was pretty much head over heels. 
I recently finished my Garnier bottle, much to my sadness, but luckily, I was going along to a No.7 event at my local Boots with the WI (I'm their social media manager. If you want to take a look at some photos from the night, click here!) After watching the demonstration, which included a look at their new Beautiful Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, and I just had to buy it and give it a go. So what better to do than see how my old favourite compares with a brand new product?

Let's start with Garnier. Their micellar water is usually £4.99 from Boots for 400ml, but it seems to constantly be on offer (right now, as I'm writing this, it's on offer for £3.33), so it is extremely affordable. You get a lot of product for your money, which is appealing to pretty much everyone. A little goes a long way, so this bottle lasted my absolutely ages, making the price even better! It has been designed for sensitive skin, so it is very gentle, which explains why I've had no breakouts while using it. It is also great at taking eye makeup off, even waterproof! To use it, you just add a drop or two to a cotton pad and swipe it over your face, or for your eyes, hold the pad to the eye for around 30 seconds, and swipe. It is super effective, but I find that it works best after cleansing. There is no scent to it and the consistency is just like water! My major issue with it is the lid. As the lid just clips in, and there is no pump or anything to stop any liquid escaping, I find myself not wanting to travel with this. If the lid happened to open, that would be it, micellar water everywhere. I also find that this product leaves my face quite shiny - not in an oily way, just in a clean skin way, but I much prefer having a matte look. This is probably because it is designed for sensitive skin and not oily (although they have one for combination skin with a 4.5 star rating, so I may have to give that a go). Other than that, it's not hard to see why everyone loves this product so much. It's one of those things where it does exactly what it says on the tin!

Now let's chat about the No.7 Beautiful Skin product. This guy is a little pricier at £8.50 for 200ml, making it £17 for the same amount of product as Garnier. But if you're willing to pay the money, I really recommend it. I've been using this micellar water everyday for about a week now, and I haven't had any breakouts yet *touch wood*. Again, I find that this product is very gentle on the skin, even though this is made for normal and oily skin, and actually makes me feel quite fresh. I'll sometimes use it in the morning to wake up my skin, and it leaves my face feeling cool and clean. However, it makes my eyes itch a little, so I've had to stop using it around them which is a shame. Unlike Garnier, this product has a pump, so you get a precise amount each time, meaning you won't waste any product. The pump is also lockable, so if you take it out and about, you can be sure that you won't open your bag to a watery mess. As it has been designed for normal to oily skin, it removes that pesky oil from my T-Zone with ease and leaves me with a matte finish, which I LOVE. It can feel a little sticky if I use too much, but once I apply my mattifying moisturiser, that disappears. Lastly, it smells gorgeous. While the Garnier one doesn't have a scent, which is fine, the No.7 micellar water has a lovely fresh scent that kind of reminds me of summer. I know some people aren't into scented facial products, but if you are, definitely give this a sniff.

So overall, both products have their good and bad points, with the Garnier not having a locking lid and leaving me shiny, and the No.7 irritating my eyes slightly and leaving a sticky residue at times. However, I'm so pleased that I decided to give the No.7 a go, because I absolutely adore it. While I still think the Garnier is my favourite, purely because I like to wear a lot of eye makeup, so I need something that can take it off without irritating my eyes, but No.7 is seriously a close second.

Have you tried either of these micellar waters? Which is your favourite and why?

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  1. Great post - I love the Garnier micellar water, I use it every day! Just to throw another option in there, I've just bought a Makeup Eraser and dying to try it. Much easier for travelling with!

    JH |

    1. Oooooh I'll definitely have to check that out!